New Children’s Books

  • The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
  • Furry, Feathery and flippered familiars save Jack and two other wizards in training after they have been kidnapped by an evil queen. Aldwyn the cat, Skylar the blue-jay, and Gilbert the frog use magic, friends and street smarts to save the day.

  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Mr. Terupt knows how to get the best from his students. He doesn’t let them get by with much but does let them have fun learning. After an accident on a snowy day everything and everyone changes.

  • Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
  • Two cousins who have grown up in different cultures struggle to get along. Skye and Hiroshi finally become friends when they fly the dragon kite as their grandfather taught them and Skye understood how important it was to Hiroshi.

  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • Three children have spent their childhood make believe quests with dolls/action figures. As they grow up, a real quest presents itself. The three go in search of a resting place for a doll that is really a ghost
    child. The adventure proves daunting but the friendships among them grow stronger.

  • Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada
  • Finding out where one belongs is the theme of this novel. Margarita known as Margie wants to be a true American. Born in Texas, she rejects her heritage until a cousin from Mexico joins the family as her sister. Fighting insecurities and embarrassing experiences, Margie begins to embrace the joys of both her American and Mexican roots. Told from the points of view of both girls helps the reader empathize with them.

  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • Summer, Memphis, 1959. An eleven year old boy has many problems dealing with his stuttering. Taking over his friend’s paper route for a month, the boy learns much about Civil Rights, loneliness, abuse, alcoholism, and the
    vast possibilities of words. Growing up and making decisions is part of life.

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • This is a clever book about a library filled with book puzzles. Children solve puzzles to win a grand prize. This will lure young people into a world of reading.

  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  • The King and Queen are ambushed and Cecile with her secret knowledge must protect their home and save the kingdom. Twists and turns make this adventure a page turner.

  • Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka
  • This collection of short stories is from some of our favorite authors. Jeff Kinney, Jack Gantos, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo, and Eoin Colfer have written some very funny stories for this book.

  • Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  • Ben Ripley may achieve his life’s dream of becoming a spy. He is secretly recruited to attend the Academy of Espionage. Ninjas, kidnapping, computer hacking, and being used to find a mole are reasons to follow this plot. This book will keep readers guessing!

  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • This is a follow up book to The Wednesday Wars. Our main character Doug has moved to upstate New York and discovers that the power of art can overcome many adversities. This is a great story for all ages.

  • Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  • Eleven-year-old Jack has an enormous secret to keep. His mother has abandoned him in a state park in Maine during one of her “spinning” times. Jack tries to get home without letting anyone know he is alone. He takes comfort in a toy elephant that is a symbol of hope. His journey is one that you will want to follow all the way to the end.

  • How to Train your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
  • If you are a fan of this series, we have filled in and added new copies. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third was not always the greatest Viking Hero. His memories tell of his reluctant adventures to becoming a hero.

  • Summer on the Moon by Adrian Fogelin
  • Socko’s mom moves to take care of his grandfather and also to leave a tough neighborhood behind. Socko hates to leave his friend but not the tough gang and its leader, Rapp, who are out to recruit him. They move to an unfinished housing development where Socko spends his “summer on the moon”. This story shares the struggles and effects of economic hardships.

  • The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
  • Three children’s lives are interwoven like the gears of a clock. Giuseppe, Frederick, and Hannah are all longing to escape the circumstances of their lives. They must trust one another through mysterious circumstances and perilous adventures. Readers will enjoy this remarkable story.

  • A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron
  • Abby and Tam are an award winning agility team. On their way home from a contest there is an accident and they are separated. Tam’s crate is thrown from the truck and she lands in a river. Abby is injured and sent to the hospital. As time passes they never give up hope of finding each other. If you are a fan of Lassie, the Incredible Journey, or Shiloh, you will love to follow this story.